How CISOs Can Secure Board Communication

In a time where cybercrime has risen, boards with a mission face a number of challenges to achieve their goals. Effective communication and a strong relationship between board members are therefore critical to ensuring the long-term success of an organization.

The increased focus on cybersecurity and the increasing demands of regulators place an increased burden on board secretaries general counsels and chief information security officers (CISOs) to enhance the communications of board members. Despite their best efforts many experts in governance struggle to keep board communications organized and secure. It’s not uncommon for sensitive internal governance communications are delivered via unsecure communication channels such as personal email. This puts organizations at risk of security breaches and regulatory sanctions.

To avoid this to avoid this, it is vital for CISOs to take steps to implement board management solutions that facilitate group and private communication and collaboration. This includes implementing board portal software that is easy-to-use and mobile-friendly. Video conferencing tools are required to ensure reliable and secure virtual meetings. Instant messaging platforms and document collaboration tools are essential for facilitating efficient and collaborative interactions between board members.

In addition, CISOs should report to the board using business language and terminology to ensure that they convey the importance of cybersecurity issues to the company’s bottom line. For instance, instead declaring that there is a high likelihood of a breach or data breach, state that it could cost the company X dollars. This puts the issue in context and leads to a more effective discussion about the best way to proceed.